New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.


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Our Mission

PLEASE NOTE: NHLA offices will be closed on Monday, February 17 for the Presidents Day holiday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday at their regularly scheduled time, barring delays due to extreme winter weather. 

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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NHLA priority issues

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NHLA, Pro Bono expand program to help low-income debtors

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Latest News

Study: NH's work requirements don't work

Posted Feb 14, 2020

A new study concludes that New Hampshire’s attempt to avoid Arkansas’ missteps in implementing Medicaid work requirements were no better - and equally dangerous.   Kay Drought, NHLA managing attorney and litigation director, and Dawn McKinney, our policy director,& ...read more

We help low-income residents with utility bills. Find out how.

Posted Feb 07, 2020

(L-R) Ray Burke, Glenn Ouellette, Don Kreis, Rick Maynard NHLA attorney Ray Burke would like more low-income consumers to know they may be eligible for financial assistance with their electric, fuel and other energy expenses or help with a utility disconnection. Burke, the director of NHLA’s E ...read more

Webinar resources on welfare assistance advocacy

Posted Feb 07, 2020

Thank you to the nearly 50 people who attended our webinar on navigating local assistance for New Hampshire’s vulnerable seniors. For those unable to attend, our co-presenters, NHLA advocates Elliott Berry and Candance Cappio Gebhart, have shared their PowerPoint and FAQs below. These re ...read more

Less than one month until the first 2020 deadline for property tax deferrals

Posted Feb 03, 2020

If you are a person who is age 65 or older, a Veteran, engaged in combat service, or blind, or have low income or disabilities you may qualify for reduced or deferred property taxes
This year, the deadline for applications for deferrals and abatements is FEBRUARY 28. The deadlin ...read more

Congratulations, Kay!

Posted Jan 06, 2020

We are honored to announce that NHLA Litigation Director Kay Drought has been selected to receive the NH Bar Association's 2020 award for Outstanding Service in Public Sector / Public Interest Law!Here is Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin's nomination letter. We look forward to celebrating Kay ...read more

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Our paralegal went above and beyond...

Our paralegal went above and beyond...

Our paralegal went above and beyond. She treated us with respect, was always available, made sure we understood everything and answered any questions we had. It felt good in such a hard situation to have such a capable team on our side that was understanding and helpful.